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by Mark Zalewski
May 27, 2016
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America’s top professional road cyclists are headed to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for the 2016 Volkswagen Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships this Friday and Saturday. The championships are not only a chance to vie for the coveted stars-and-stripes jerseys, but also to make a final push for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Podium, 2014 U.S. national road championship: Travis McCabe, Eric Marcotte, Alex Howes. Photo: USA Cycling.
CyclingTips is happy to announce that you will be able to watch the road race live, on this page. You can also follow the action on social media using the hashtag #USPRO.
The pro men’s U.S. peloton will descend upon Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Friday and Saturday to compete for the coveted stars and stripes jersey and the pride of wearing the nation’s colors for the next year in either the individual time trial or road race. Winston-Salem, a first time host of the US Pro National Championships, boasts courses that are challenging and capable of producing worthy champions.
USA Cycling changed gears this year and created a course around Winston-Salem that has the feel of a one-day classic, similar to those found during Ardennes Week in Europe. The course is constantly up and down, quite unlike the championship route in Chattanooga the last couple of years, which featured one big climb up Paris Mountain.
The men’s field will take on 12 laps of a bumpy, 15-kilometre (9.6-mile) circuit for a total of 187 kilometres (116 miles), and 2505 metres (8220 feet) of elevation gain. The course is similar to the one used in the UCI rated Winston-Salem Road Race, and lends itself to a tough day of hard aggressive racing.
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